OLYMPIA—Earlier this year, Rep. Jim Moeller and Rep. Sharon Wylie sent a letter to the chair of the House Transportation Committee outlining priority projects in the Vancouver area. Those projects included the Mill Plain Boulevard Interchange, SR 501/Mill Plain Interchange to Port of Vancouver, SR 500 Interchange improvements at Falk Road/NE 42nd Ave, SR 14, and I-5 NE 179th Street Interchange at Exit 9.
“I am encouraged to see Governor Inslee making measurable progress on the transportation needs of the 49th District,” said Rep. Moeller.
The governor’s proposal includes $38 million for I-5 Corridor improvements, $38 million for 1-205/Mill Plain interchange, almost $15.5 million for the West Vancouver Freight Access Project, and $3 million for the C-Tran Fourth Plain Bus Rapid Transit Mobility Grant. There is also $23 million for the Vancouver Rail Bypass and 38th Street Bridge project.
“There’s a lot to get done in the 49th District and I want to thank Governor Inslee for beginning the conversation about improving and repairing our transportation infrastructure,” said Rep. Moeller. “By investing in these projects, we’re doing two things: Keeping our families safe when they’re on our roads and bridges, making sure they aren’t falling in disrepair, and creating good jobs.”
“While I’m disappointed that there are still many projects that are yet to be started or left unfinished, this is a good start. By completing these projects, we’re moving in the right direction. There’s more to be done and I hope that my colleagues in the House and the Senate can work with the governor to fund even more crucial transportation projects Vancouverites need us to finish.”